Hostile Shores: Catastrophic Events in Prehistoric New Zealand and Their Impact on Maori Coastal Communities

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Auckland University Press, 2007 - History - 298 pages
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Evidence from several disciplines, including anthropology, archaeology, demography, history, and the Maori oral tradition, are combined in this analysis of the many volcanic periods that shaped New Zealand. This authoritative, groundbreaking study examines the consequences on the coastal landscape and its people, from the first Polynesian settlers until European colonization in the 18th century. A study of the wave of tsunamis that struck New Zealand in the 15th century, known as the “big crunch,” and precipitated various crises that led to cultural change and much warfare is also included.

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New Zealands Tectonic Setting
Dating Catastrophic Events by Radiocarbon
Dating Catastrophic Events

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Bruce McFadgen is an independent archaeologist and author of more than 70 scientific papers and academic texts, including From the Beginning: the Archaeology of the Maori, The New Zealand Coast, and The Origins of the First New Zealanders. In 2003 he was awarded the J. D. Stout Fellowship.

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